Current Exhibitions

Recent Acquisitions to the Appleton Collection

October 25-february 1, 2015

Over the past three years, the Appleton Museum of Art has seen many works of art come into its permanent collection including antiquities, American photography, prints by internationally renowned 20th century artists, fine examples of Chinese decorative arts, an 18th century oil portrait, and major paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Florida and Caribbean artists. These, along with rare coins dating from Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome, all reflect the many cultures and time periods collected by Arthur I Appleton.

¬†Recent Acquisitions on view will include 20th century works by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) and Francisco Zuniga (Costa Rica, 1912-1998) as well as fine later paintings of Floridians and the Florida environment by Jack Thursby, Christopher Still, Mark Messersmith and the German-born painter Karl Zerbe (1903-1972). The prominent Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz is represented with two fun and whimsical works in bronze and glazed ceramic and works by the Cuban artist Sandro de la Rosa brings captivating realism to the exhibition. ¬†An elaborately decorated Chinese chest represents skilled craftsmanship in decorative arts from the past and is a welcome new addition to the Appleton’s Asian collection.

A Creative Life: Gladys Shafran Kashdin

July 26-November 2

This exhibition features a selection of paintings, collages and drawings by Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin, whose love of nature inspired a lifetime of making art. Kashdin studied at the Art Students League in New York and at Florida State University. She was also Professor Emerita of Humanities at the University of South Florida. Her work deals with time, process and nature. Dr. Kashdin's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally for over 60 years. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, the Appleton Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, public institutions, as well as corporate and private collections.

Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.